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What comes before?: Understanding spatial reference in Iwaidja
RMIT University, Australis.
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the ICMI Study 21 Conference: Mathematics and language diversity / [ed] M. Setati, T. Nkambule, L. Goosen, São Paolo, Brazil: ICMI , 2011, 89-97 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on initial findings of an investigation into spatial frame of reference in Iwaidja, an Indigenous Australian language spoken in a multilingual community. It considers spatial language in mathematics where students are being taught and assessed in a language not spoken at home and where their teachers do not speak the students’ first languages. It finds that Iwaidja speakers use different frames of reference to English speakers in small scale space. The meanings and scope of key spatial terms in Iwaidja differ from English in ways that appear to be related to preferred frames of reference. It proposes that teacher awareness of these differences can help in mathematics teaching.

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São Paolo, Brazil: ICMI , 2011. 89-97 p.
Keyword [en]
mathemaitcs and language, indigenous education, spatial frames of reference
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Social Sciences
Research subject
didactics of mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108402OAI: diva2:852957
ICMI Study 21 Conference: Mathematics and language diversity
Spatial frames of reference in Iwaidja (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies)
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